Common European Framework of Languages

You may have noticed that our courses titles always include these random letters. If you’ve found yourself wondering what the heck these letters mean, we’re here to help.

These letters are in reference to the Common European Framework of Languages. Essentially, this framework was created to standardise language evaluation; in other words, someone who speaks French and Spanish can compare her level in these two languages by examining the skills that she has between these two.

For example, if she can use familiar everyday expressions in French, but she can use complex, compound sentences in Spanish, it’s likely that her level in French is at a beginner level (A1) and her Spanish is at a much higher level, likely advanced level (C1) or so.

At Rubio Dutch, we use these levels to help students determine which class would be best suited for them as well as to structure the learning process: when a student takes Advanced I (B2 > C1-), for example, there will be different learning goals than if a student were to take Beginners I (Ao > A2-).

For more information about the Common European Framework of Languages, you can send us an email at, visit the Wikipedia page, or–if you’re feeling very ambitious–visit the official manual of the Common European Framework of Languages.

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